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Garlic – Medicinal uses and properties

As a close relative of onion, garlic or Allium sativum belongs to the botanical family Amaryllidaceae, and is used medicinally to fight cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, and arteriosclerosis. It can be very helpful in the prevention of various types of cancers, treatment of diabetes, and in fighting cough, […]

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Dill – Medicinal uses and Nutritional value

Dill, scientifically known as Anethum graveolens, is a herb used as a spice in many parts of the world. Medicinally, it is used to treat liver problems, intestinal gas, loss of appetite, cough and colds, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. Dill has a long history of use as a spice in our food, where its seeds […]

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Ginger – Medicinal uses and Nutritional value

Ginger or Zingiber officinale is the rhizome of the ginger plant, which is widely used as a spice and also in herbal medicine. Many use it to treat stomach problems such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting, and also loss of appetite. It has a great pain relieving property, and thus used against arthritis, cough, […]

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Dandelion – Medicinal uses and Nutritional value

Dandelion or Taraxacum officinale is a herb that has a long history of use as a herbal remedy in many parts of the world.  It is used medicinally for stomach upset, loss of appetite, eczema, joint pain, gallstones, and jaundice. Dandelion is said to be a great laxative and also a diuretic that increases urine production. Most […]

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Cardamom Herbs and Spices

Cardamom (Elaichi) – Medicinal uses and Nutritional value

Cardamom or Elaichi, is the world’s 3rd most expensive spice, trailing behind saffron and vanilla. It is commonly used in treating digestive problems such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal gas, heartburn, and loss of appetite. It is also used against common cold, bronchitis, sore throat, and cough. Scientific name –  Elettaria cardamomum (True or green […]

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Coriander (cilantro) – Nutritional value and Medicinal uses

Coriander, cilantro, or Chinese parsley, is a herb that belongs to the botanical family Apiaceae. Many people across the world use it particularly in treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach upset, loss of appetite, and nausea. Other popular medicinal applications of this wonderful herb include treatment of hemorrhoids, joint pain, toothaches, and also measles. […]

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Cloves – Nutritional value and Medicinal uses

Cloves or Syzygium aromaticum are the flower buds of tree in the family Myrtaceae, which offers many health benefits ranging from fighting cancer, aiding digestion, regulating blood sugar, to boosting immunity. Scientific name – Syzygium aromaticum Family – Myrtaceae Other names Caryophyllum, Caryophyllus aromaticus, Eugenia aromatica,  Clavo de Olor, Clove oil, Clove flowerbud, Clove leaf, Gewurznelken Nagelein (German), Kanunfari (Hausa), Clavos […]

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Cinnamon plant – Nutritional value and Medicinal uses

As a very popular spice, cinnamon is obtained from the bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. It is a powerful medicinal spice that has been used for several years in traditional medicine. The aroma and flavor of cinnamon makes it to be used in a wide variety of cuisines, ranging from snackfoods, sweet […]

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Black pepper – Nutritional value and Medicinal uses

Black pepper, peppercorn, or Piper nigrum, is a medicinal plant belonging to the family Piperaceae. It has been used for decades in treating cold and flu, and improving digestion. It is commonly referred to as the “king of spice” due to its popularity. Native to India, but now found and grown in tropical regions of […]

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Basil – Nutritional value and Medicinal uses

Basil, great basil, or Ocimum basilicum, is a culinary herb referred to as “king of herbs” mainly due to its vast medicinal applications. It has been used for many years in the treatment of stomach spasms, intestinal gas, kidney conditions, wart, coughs, worm infection, and even headaches. Basil is said to be native to India, and has […]

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Medicinal uses and benefits of turmeric (curcumin)

Turmeric, botanically known as Curcuma longa, is an herbaceous perennial plant with vast medicinal and therapeutic uses. This plant which is native to southern Asia has a long history of use in ayurvedic medicine, and this is not surprising, considering the rich and important constituents of this wonderful plant. Turmeric is among the most important […]

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Aloe vera medicinal uses – a healing plant worth your gardens!

Aloe vera is a very popular plant used medicinally in herbal remedies against many diseases all over the world. In India, it is used traditionally as a medicine for constipation, worm infections, skin diseases, and wound healing. In the Western world, it is used as an important ingredient in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In […]